Few bands in the history of rock have undergone a more radical transformation than TSOL. In the early 1980s, TSOL (whose name stands for Today's Sounds of Liberty or True Sounds of Liberty) was a hardcore punk unit known for its angry protest songs and left-leaning politics. But when Strange Love came out in 1990, TSOL were long-haired headbangers with a commercial hard rock/metal style along the lines of AC/DC, Dokken and Accept.
By 1987, T.S.O.L. had completed its transformation from a dark, gloomy skate-metal outfit to a bluesy bar band. Musically, Hit and Run would fit in comfortably with the Cult's Electric (which is fitting since the Cult underwent a similar transformation) or Guns N' Roses' Appetite for Destruction, a rather odd fit from a band that was earlier compared to Bad Religion and even the Dead Kennedys.
In the early years of Los Angeles punk, one of the premiere hardcore bands was T.S.O.L., which stood for True Sounds of Liberty. Offering poppier music than many of their contemporaries and featuring an image that appealed to punks who wanted to dive deeper into the gothic subgenre already being offered by many British punk bands, T.S.O.L. became hugely popular on the local scene but never translated that success to national exposure because of their ever-shifting lineup and sound.
This documentary examines Punk, its beginnings and some of the top musicians who started it. Included are rare video clips, narrated by the people involved, also lots of great music. Featured performers include Jack Grisham, Jello Biafra.
In the late '80s, TSOL's original mouthpiece (now billed as Jack Grisham) and skins-pounder Todd Barnes reappeared with a metal-gilded project of their own, Tender Fury.